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SECO adds Houthis to Yemen sanctions

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06 April 2022 

International sanction 

2022

Updated Sanction Notification

The State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) has amended the Annex to the Ordinance of 5. December 2014 on measures against Yemen (RS 946.231.179.8).

By decision of 28. February 2022, the responsible UN Sanctions Committee amended the list of persons, companies and organizations sanctioned in this context. The change is directly applicable in Switzerland. SECO therefore on the 6th. April 2022, the sanction database SESAM (SECO Sanctions Management), which is decisive for Switzerland, was adapted and the adaptation was published on its website.


Financial intermediaries are requested to block the corresponding assets immediately and to report such business relationships to SECO in accordance with the provisions of the regulation. The notification to SECO does not release a financial intermediary from immediately reporting to the Cash Laundering Reporting Office in accordance with Art. 9 of the Money Laundering Act if conditions are met.

Swiss authorities have added the following entity to its Yemen sanctions list:

SSID: 85-52826 Foreign identifier: YEe.001 Name: The Houthis
Good quality a.k.a.: a) Ansarallah b) Ansar Allah c) Partisans of God d) Supporters of God Address: Yemen
Justification: Listed pursuant to paragraph 5 of resolution 2624 (2022) as subject to the measures imposed by paragraph 14 of resolution 2216 (2015) (targeted arms embargo). The Houthis have engaged in acts that threaten the peace, security, and stability of Yemen. The Houthis have engaged in attacks striking civilians and civilian infrastructure in Yemen, implemented a policy of sexual violence and repression against politically active and professional women, engaged in the recruitment and use of children, incited violence against groups including on the basis of religion and nationality, and indiscriminately used landmines and improvised explosive devices on the West Coast of Yemen. The Houthis have also obstructed the delivery of humanitarian assistance to Yemen, or access to, or distribution of, humanitarian assistance in Yemen. The Houthis have conducted attacks on commercial shipping in the Red Sea using waterborne improvised explosive devices and sea mines. The Houthis have also perpetrated repeated cross-border terrorist attacks striking civilians and civilian infrastructure in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and threatened to intentionally target civilian sites. INTERPOL-UN Security Council Special Notice web link available. Modifications: Listed on 28 Feb 2022

Based on the date of the consolidated file on SECO’s site, this appears to be a change from late February that never got publicized – although the change files have today’s date.

Links:

FINMA Notice

Data files of updates – PDF, XML

Categories: Sanctions Lists SECO Updates Yemen sanctions

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